Under President Dobkin’s direction, Saint Mary’s College achieved upward trends in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. She led the college to achieving national recognition in hybrid executive education, performing arts, diversity initiatives, community service and study abroad; earning inclusion in the 2013 edition of Colleges That Change Lives; and obtaining Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. President Dobkin’s initiatives led to the highest graduation rates in the college’s history, with a 15 percent increase in the four-year graduation rate of first-time, first-year students during her tenure; acquisition of over $4 million in federal grants as a Minority and Hispanic Serving Institution; and establishment of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence, a Bias Incident Response Team, campus-wide diversity training, and the college’s first chief diversity officer. President Dobkin was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area” in 2014 and 2015, and she was identified by Diablo Magazine in 2013 as one of six “Women to Watch.”
Prior to Saint Mary’s College, President Dobkin was associate provost and professor of communication studies at the University of San Diego (USD), a nationally ranked, independent and Catholic institution. During President Dobkin’s 17 years at USD, she also served as project coordinator for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, director of faculty and curriculum diversity programs, and department chair, earning awards in teaching, research, and service for the institution and in her scholarly discipline. Before joining the USD faculty, President Dobkin directed the University of Massachusetts Public Debate program and taught at Hartford University, the University of Connecticut, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms.
President Dobkin has achieved national recognition for her research and teaching in the area of media and conflict. Her honors have included a fellowship in executive leadership with the American Council on Education and lifetime membership in Phi Kappa Phi. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Humboldt State University.
In addition to her anticipation of joining the Westminster community, President Dobkin’s family is also looking forward to exploring Utah’s storied landscapes with their horses. President Dobkin has been married for 24 years to her husband, Randy Chiotti. The couple have two children: Alexandra, a graduate student in the University of Oregon’s master of architecture program, and Randall, an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis.
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